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Nuts & Grains

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A Native American travel-food. It has a lot of protien, fat, carbohydrates and sugars in a very small package, and stores well. Consequently, if you are travelling far, it’s a pretty good choice. Naturally, European settlers quickly adopted it. Travelers of any sort, even on sea voyages, likely carried some with them. Serves: About 12 cakes Ingredients: 1 … Continue reading

Baked Beans

Baked beans is actually a Native American dish. Several of the northeastern tribes would bake their beans mixed with maple syrup and deer or bear fat. Often, they would dig bean holes and line them with hot rocks to bake (not unlike a clambake). European colonists would substitute molasses for maple, bacon for deer fat, but … Continue reading

Molded Rice

At first glance, not very piratey, this recipe is quite simple, tasty, and festive. Serves: 6 Ingredients: 1/2 cup Basmati or long-grain rice 2 small bell peppers, seeded and chopped into small bits (it looks nicer if they are all different colors) 1 scallion, tops only, finely snipped Salt & pepper to taste. Directions: Boil … Continue reading

Mush (Grits)

Mush (and similar dishes like Oatmeal) were traditionally ‘starvation food’, what the poorest people ate when there was nothing else. Today, it is relegated to breakfast, but in times past it was served at any meal, and was considered a ‘strengthening’ food, so was often served to the sick and elderly. Often it was served … Continue reading

Peanut Soup

An African dish brought to the Caribbean with the slaves. It is still popular throughout the islands. This soup is especially popular with the little ones, who love the idea of ‘peanut butter soup’   Serves: 4   Ingredients: 1/2 cup peanut butter or 1 cup unsalted, roasted peanuts 2 cups chicken broth 1 cup … Continue reading

Chicken Peanut Soup

Another recipe likely from Africa. It’s a great way to get rid of leftover chicken (or other meats). Serves: 6 Ingredients: 1-2 pounds of chicken 1 cup roasted Spanish or African peanuts 1/2 tsp ground allspice 1/2 tsp grated nutmeg 1/2 tsp mace 1 Tbsp fresh grated ginger 1/2 pt coconut milk or heave cream … Continue reading